That Night on State Street


After she took the oath,

she felt her confidence breaking,

she was literally shaking,

her nerves would flap,

she sat demurely,

hands in her lap,

she felt like a mouse,

being chased by a cat,

and the jurors could see that,

it was that night on State Street,

she witnessed a murder,

not more than six feet,

she was right there,

so on the witness stand,

she was collapsing from fear,

and the killer would stare,

right from the defense chair,

no remorse, not a care,

and everything she said,

just hung in the air,

they would take her back to that night,

the horrible sight,

her voice was weak,

and the fear had grown,

she couldn’t speak,

as the court clerk asked her

to talk into the microphone,

her sanity wanted to explode,

she wanted to shout,

all of a sudden, there was no doubt,

she sat quietly,

and she pointed him out.

© 2012 Frank Atanacio

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I could almost feel her fear. Awesome!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Frank, your descriptions are superb. I can literally feel the woman shaking.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks susan for being my first witness and thank you VG for stopping by bless you :)


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Frank, I can understand her being scare if that guy gets off.

Great poem and easy to read.

Voted up awesome and interesting, Joyce


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Joyce good to see you again bless you


Valleypoet 4 years ago

Glad to witness another trademark poem Frank...the fear that your witness feels is spelt out superbly. Voted awesome.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thank you Valley that means alot coming from you really..:) Frank


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Hello Frank, I can just imagine sitting up there on that stand. This poem is so vivid and cleverly written. I love it! Well done. Voted awesome and interesting. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Wow you've nailed it in poetry how many witnesses have felt ever since they've been called to give testimony, Frank my man. How intimidating it must be to give evidence against something you fear retaliation from. Won't give the ending away except to say she's some kind of lady, good.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you so much Faith for visiting my State Street and Alastar always good to share a few moments with you bless you bro :) Frank


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xstatic 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

Courage equals grace under fire (Hemingway, I think), and a witness facing a murderer in a courtroom would have to dig deep to find it. Up!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks X-man for stopping by again bless you


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I wish more would do as your reluctant heroine did. You always deliver!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks Poetvix :) always good to see you


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

gosh...I would feel the same, Frank.

Well expressed!!


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for reading ruch :)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

As a person who has had the experience of identifying a criminal (I was robbed at gunpoint), I can say you perfectly described the witness. You are GOOD at this Frank.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

thanks for the comment Hyphen and Thank God nothing happened to you bless you


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Frank.. how do you always do it my friend? another great poem of crime.. poor witness

debbie


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Thank you Our Ms Brooks.. yeah she was poor she had about a dollar and thirteen cents in her purse and two bus tokens.. bless you


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

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for you my sweet friend.. love you Frank


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

ill check it out!!! :) Love you too sweetie


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Frank, I have to ask...how do you keep doing it? Are you surrounded by violence or do you have that much of an imagination? :) Another well written poem that expresses the underbelly of life.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

It is so easy to relate to this ... what a great job ... you've said a 'mouthful' in such a short space ... you have us all feeling the fear and determination of this woman in a courtroom ... superb.

Voted up, awesome, and interesting.


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Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton Author

Ttombs I have no imagination LOL .. and tillsontitan thank you for visiting me on State Street :) bless you both

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